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Home Education Report Flawed

Posted on June 17, 2010
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June 17th, 2010

Ofsted Home Education Report Seriously Flawed Says Graham Stuart MP

Graham Stuart MP, who last week was elected to take the Chair of the
Commons Education Select Committee, today condemned Ofsted’s report on
home education, “Local Authorities and Home Education” as “an
unpleasant hangover of the last government: a manifesto for more state
power at the expense of dedicated home educators and their children”.

Mr Stuart went on, “It is astonishing that the Chief Inspector of
Schools should stray onto home education and get it so wrong. In
Ofsted’s official press release she says that “it is extremely
challenging for local authorities to meet their statutory duty to
ensure children have a suitable education”, when they have no such
duty. Parents, not the state, have the statutory duty to ensure that
their children have a suitable education.

“I find it deeply concerning that, after months of work, the Chief
Inspector should make such a basic mistake and so utterly confuse the
duties of local authorities and parents. Parents who home educate
deserve our respect and awe at their dedication and achievements, not
the relentless suspicion of an over mighty state.”

Under section 436A of the Education Act 1996, inserted by the
Education and Inspections Act 2006, local authorities have a duty to
identify children who are not receiving a suitable education in their
area, so far as it is practical to do so. As the 2007 Elective Home
Education Guidelines for Local Authorities make clear, however, ‘local
authorities have no statutory duties in relation to monitoring the
quality of home education on a routine basis’ and are only required to
intervene if it appears that parents are not providing a suitable

Mr Stuart went on, “As local authorities do not have the power to
demand access to home educated children and cannot insist on parents
registering with them, the obvious and correct answer is for local
authorities to improve their support for families so that more
families make contact with them voluntarily. If they did this and made
sure that they employed sympathetic staff who built good reputations,
then the number of “unknown” children would be reduced. Such a
positive approach would respect the primacy of parents in determining
the education of their children and put the onus on local authorities
to serve and support, rather than catalogue and monitor, families who
home educate.

“Ofsted’s report has little to say about improving local authority
support for home educated children and says only that the Department
of Education should “consider” funding an entitlement for
home-educated children to take public examinations. Ofsted’s report is
seriously flawed and damaging to the confidence of home educating
parents who had hoped that the relentless disinformation and bullying
of the previous regime was over.”

Home Education Help

Posted on June 17, 2010
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I think it can be really daunting when you are first thinking about home education. There are so many worries and questions. Most people want to know about socialization, how they can take exams, and where they can meet other home educators.

I get a lot of questions about home education by email, and I thought it would save everyone some time to put these on my website. You can see what worries other people have – and what my advice would be. I am not an expert – just a Mom who has home educated for a while now – and has done lots of research on the subject.

Got a question yourself?Get some homeschooling help here.

More Ted Talks on Home Education

Posted on June 8, 2010
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I am sure you have seen the Ted Talk video where Sir Ken Robinson talks about how schools kill creativity.But were you aware there is a follow up talk? This one is about creating conditions where kids’ natural talents can flourish.

Here’s to diversity of talent and treading softly.

If that has whetted your appetite, there is another great talk by Gever Tulley who urges us to stop thinking of education as something that we do to people, and start thinking of people as voracious self-directed learners.

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Blogging for Kids

Posted on October 21, 2008
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Do your kids blog? Then I would like to invite them to a carnival!!

A blog carnival is just a list of blog post by different blogs gathered together in one place. The idea is that the reader gets to find lots of new blogs to read – and the blogs get more readers!!

My children both have blogs but were really fed up that no-one ever read them. There seemed to be no place where home edcuated children could share their blogs with each other – so I have set up the ‘Homeschooled Kids Carnival’.

Our second carnival is due to take place on 30th October 2008 – and I would love some extra submissions. You can find details of how to include your blog at

Maths No Problem

Posted on August 13, 2008
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Maths No ProblemIf you have been looking for Singapore Math Workbooks in the UK, you will know they are not easy to get hold of.

In researching how to help her daughter in maths, Anne Hermanson found Singapore Math to be the most effective maths programme available to her. So she has set up Maths No Problem to spread the word about Singapore Maths, and to distribute the program within the UK and Europe.

Worth checking out if you are looking for a maths program.

Paper Rulers

Posted on July 21, 2008
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Geography for KidsI can NEVER find a ruler or a tape measure when I need one! (Of course, they are all over the place when I don’t!).

But finally – a solution! Printable paper rulers. This site has got lots of them – one foot rulers, metersticks, yardsticks.

Worth remembering next time you are desperate to measure something!

The Periodic Table of Videos

Posted on July 18, 2008
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Have just found these fantastic videos from the University of Nottingham. Each video is about a chemical element of the periodic table.

Well worth watching! Many thanks to Dawn for telling me about this (via her blog), so I could tell you!!

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